Report: Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers now worth almost double the £9m he left for
According to a report, Newcastle United need to pay the £16m release clause Brendan Rodgers has with Leicester City. That’s twice what Celtic were paid for the manager’s services in 2019.
The newly-minted Magpies are searching to replace Steve Bruce with a higher-calibre manager. Rodgers, according to reputable Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, is that manager.
Back in March 2019, Rodgers shocked and angered Celtic supporters by suddenly taking up the Leicester City job. On the cusp of a Treble Treble, Rodgers and his staff left Neil Lennon to finish the job. Leicester paid £9m to get their man and his coaching staff [Sky Sports].
Now, it looks like he might be leaving the Foxes mid-season.
It’d be a lucrative move for the former Liverpool and Swansea man. Furthermore, his attacking style would certainly endear himself to Newcastle United fans, in something reminiscent of Kevin Keegan’s time as boss.
According to di Marzio, Rodgers is in “pole position” to land the job. He’d certainly be backed financially should he land a place in the Toon’s dugout.
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Having signed players like Youri Tielemans, Wesley Fofana and Patson Daka in recent seasons, his eye for a talent will whet the appetite of Newcastle United fans. But it might leave a bitter taste for Foxes supporters, having signed until 2025 [Independent].
Brendan Rodgers has made unpopular moves before – just ask us Celtic supporters
The man may have told Danny McGrain to get his tracksuit on, but loyalty isn’t one of the biggest drivers in Rodgers’ mindset. So, to Leicester City supporters, just a heads-up there.
Rodgers has led the Foxes to successive 5th place finishes [Premier League], though. Just like at Celtic, the chance to take charge of a club on the rise, having achieved a fair amount, might be tempting for him.
That, and the Saudi dollars that will surely go his way if he wants them. Certainly, from the Magpies point of view, this would be a good hire.
This also shows what Premier League points do for a manager’s CV.
Rodgers won a glut of trophies at Celtic, and was nabbed for £9m. Now, he has a £16m clause. Perhaps the Bhoys ought to have got more for the slightly odd, extremely successful coach.
In any event, it’ll be somewhat interesting to see what the ex-Celtic boss does next.